General (United States)|General
'''George Smith Patton Jr.''' (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a senior Officer (armed forces)|officer
of the United States Army
who commanded the Seventh United States Army|U.S. Seventh Army
in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations|Mediterranean
and European theatre of World War II|European theaters of World War II
, but is best known for his leadership of the United States Army Central|U.S. Third Army
in Western Front (World War II)|France and Germany
following the Allies of World War II|Allied invasion of Normandy
in June 1944.
Born in 1885 to a family with an extensive military background (with members having served in the United States Army and Confederate States Army
), Patton attended the Virginia Military Institute
and the United States Military Academy|U.S. Military Academy
at West Point. He studied fencing
and designed the...